David Pitt-Watson - Formerly: Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management, Chair, UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, Director, International Corporate Governance Network, Currently: Independent Non-Executive, KPMG, and Executive Fellow, Judge Business School, Cambridge University

David Pitt-Watson

Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management, Chair, UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, Director, International Corporate Governance Network, Independent non-executive at KPMG, Treasurer of Oxfam, Chair NESTA endowment fund. Currently: Adviser Sarasin fund managers, Advisory chair of Ownership Capital

David Pitt-Watson is a leading thinker, campaigner and practitioner in the field of responsible investment.

David was co-founder, and former CEO of Hermes Focus Funds and Equity Ownership Service, which became the largest responsible investment group of any institutional fund manager in the world.

During his career he has been deeply involved in policy, and has led numerous initiatives to improve the performance of the financial system. For example he chaired the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative in the run up to the Paris Climate Conference.

A graduate of Oxford and Stanford Universities. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, where he teaches a course on “The Purpose of Finance”. His books have been translated into five languages.

He currently advises Sarasin fund managers, and is advisory chair of Ownership Capital. He was an independent non-executive at KPMG, Treasurer of Oxfam and chaired the NESTA endowment fund.